Red Pig… Don’t Lose It!

Annyong everyone! (Hehe, is it just me? I’ve always thought ‘annyong everyone‘ looks a little like ‘annoying everyone‘ and would wear a small smile on my face whenever I type those two words.)

I’ve just passed my one-month mark into my new role. Gotta say I’m still trying to find my way around and I’m most definitely still at an extremely awkward stage with my team. But hey, my spirits remain super high! It’s really a job that I think I can grow to reall really really love, and can do well in. Can’t wait to really start-start.

Funny it’s taking me so long to ease into the team. I’ve always been one to get along famously with people younger than me, yes, even those who are much, much younger. Despite how I look (what with the jet black hair and big eyes), I am really not THAT serious inside, hee! Oh well, I ain’t one to rush these things anyway. So I’d just let time take over and let nature run its own course. I really believe it’s just a matter of time before I become more comfortable in the team and in my job.

I wanna do well and I wanna love what I do! I’ve even told a couple of closer friends that this is as close to my dream job as I can imagine it.

Something a teammate said to me kept ringing in my head. He’d said something to the effect that he really wanna give back to society and all that, but he ain’t so big and grand that he’d go into volunteering full-time. So, he’d said, “This is one job that allows me to earn money AND karma.”

Yup, yup, I want that too! So yea, I’m gonna make this work!

Haha, I was just gonna blog about my fave Korean barbecue restaurant! And had ended up sprouting some 300 words’ worth of ramblings! Once again, consider yourself forewarned that I’m the Queen of (Self-indulgent) Digression!

I’d mentioned in AN EARLIER POST that one of my two fave Korean restaurants in Singapore are Red Pig and Kkokkonara. Coz I ‘checked into’ Red Pig so often on my Foursquare (yea, yea, now replaced by Swarm), I’ve had many people asking me about it. Since I was there on Friday night, I decided to just snap some photos and blog about it some.

Located in one of those two-storey shophouses along Amoy Street, Red Pig is nothing spectacular looking from the outside, save for the signboard with its name in English and Korean and a red pig.

Look into the restaurant, you’ll see that its walls are painted red to live up to its Red Pig name.

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These photos are from level two, but level one looks pretty much the same except for the location of the cashier counters.

I’d started going to Red Pig from some four years ago, in 2010 or thereabouts? Back then, they’d only one level and would be really packed for dinner. They didn’t used to take reservations from 7pm, so I remember having to wait outside for a table. And I also remember many occasions where people were peering in from the outside, watching us eat while they waited for their tables.

Anyway, they started operating from both levels one or two years ago, and they now also take reservations even for after 7pm. If you’ve a big group or prefer not to take the chance of having to wait for a table, I recommend you call and make reservations.

Back when we first started going to Red Pig, there were a lot more Koreans eating there and not so many locals. Perhaps the locals hadn’t gotten wind of what a gem of a find Red Pig was. But later, Red Pig started making the lists of many sites’ Top Korean BBQ Restaurants in Singapore, oh my… the locals started flooding in.

Maybe it’s also due to the fact that all things Korean have become more mainstream than alternative. This is especially so in the areas of Korean entertainment, Korean skincare and Korean food. Korean dramas are like staple items on our TV programme listings. What used to sit on our vanity tables were skincare products from France and Japan, but now, it’ll be difficult to find one woman in Singapore who doesn’t own even one Korean beauty product. Food? Well, I’ve lost count of the new Korean eating places that are popping out EVERYWHERE. One of the ‘strangest’ I’ve seen lately is the opening of a Korean BBQ place at Queensway Shopping Centre, aka the place to buy your sports shoes.

Red Pig has been included in the HUNGRYGOWHERE LIST, the ASPIRANTSG LIST, and the HONEYCOMBERS LIST. And oh, although list is kindda old, Red Pig also made it to LADYIRONCHEF’s LIST.

Here, the menu (and also the logo).

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First things first, let’s get the drinks order out of the way. They serve complimentary iced barley drink, so you don’t really have to order drinks if you don’t feel like it. But hey, what’s a night out to a Korean BBQ place with NO alchohol, ya?

Korean beer goes quite well with BBQ meat. I personally like Korean beer (especially Cass and Hite!) coz they’re light and mighty refreshing, fab for summer and perfect for Singapore!

But if you wanna be more ‘Korean’, or wanna play out scenes from your fave K-dramas, then I guess you just gotta order soju! But be forewarned that it’s really really really potent, k? Alcohol content can range from 16% to 45%, but most soju commercially available here is around 18-20%. So drink slow and don’t yell ‘One shot‘ more often than you can handle! (‘One shot‘ is the Korean equivalent of ‘Bottoms up‘)

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Or, you can also order MAKGEOLLI, a traditional Korean milky rice wine. Some Westerners refer to this as Korean rice beer, same thing. I love this actually, especially with a dash of cider! And it’s packed with Vitamin B and lotsa proteins, and fab for our skin! But I like it more as a second round after BBQ coz I think it doesn’t quite go as well with BBQ meat. The lighter and crispier taste of beer and soju complements BBQ meat better.

However, if it’s your first outing to a Korean restaurant, or if you’d never tried Makgeolli before, then go ahead and try it! At Red Pig, they do it quite the Korean way. If you order the makgeolli, they will shake the bottle really vigorously to ‘wake up the drink’ before pouring it into one of those gold-coloured kettles and serving it to you with gold-coloured bowls. Nice photo opportunity!

Back to Red Pig now…

Once you’re seated, they will bring you the tumbler of barley drink and menu. And soon, plates of banchan (side dishes) will also be served.

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Aiya, I missed out taking pics of the eggroll and radish! Just imagine that they’re there, k?

The corn and eggroll are not refillable, if you want another serving, it will cost you $5 each. But you can ask for refill for the other banchan. I personally like the tofu and the beansprouts (and mind you, this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually eat beansprouts!)

I think one comes to Red Pig for the BBQ, so if you prefer not to have BBQ, then I strongly suggest you go somewhere else. Why? Coz like it or not, you will surely stink of BBQ after the meal, so if you ain’t even gonna order BBQ, there’re other good or even better Korean restaurants elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, the place ain’t chokey-smoky, and the BBQ smell will still cling to your clothes and your hair.

When at Red Pig, you just gotta order their signature Red Pig. It’s their secret recipe of spicy red marinate and oh boy, it really does give you a good kick, hoho!

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ZZANG!! Here’s the before and after photos of Red Pig. If pork’s more your poison than your meat, they also have the chicken version.

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What you saw above are two servings of Red Pig at $20 a pop. Not cheap, like I told you. It costs more than twice as much to eat a Korean meal here than in Korea. But what to do when the craving comes calling? Actually for me, the craving doesn’t even come calling! It sorta comes YELLING sia!

Red Pig is quite unlike most of the BBQ meat you’d find in most other Korean restaurants here. Like I’d said, it’s their own recipe and something that the lady boss is quite proud of. I remember there was once we didn’t order Red Pig and she chided me about it, haha!

It’s quite spicy, but bearably and yummiliciously so. And I’m someone who can’t really take very spicy stuff. If you like the whole works, you can wrap it in the lettuce, complete with the garlic, green pepper and gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).

If you still find it too spicy, you can wrap it into the lettuce together with some rice. That should make the spiciness more tolerable.

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And if it’s really bad, then you can try getting hold of some milk and drink it! The diary in the milk should help calm the volcano exploding in your mouth. Or, take in a pinch of salt. But hehe, I doubt it will come to that lah. Red Pig really ain’t THAT spicy (except for last Friday!! Did the chef forget and add double the dose of chilli or whatttt?!)

Since there’re four of us, we decided to order one serving of the Soy Chicken too. I really quite like this one! So if not everyone in your party digs spicy food, you can also try this!

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One other hugely popular dish at Red Pig is its Seafood Pancake (haemul pajeon). Gotta say the pajeon used to be slightly bigger, crispier and nicer when we first started eating here. But but but, judging from the way other diners have been lapping up every last morsel of the pajeon, I’d reckon it’s still good by most people’s standards.

Hand on heart, I honestly think the pajeon is only a distant cousin of what the original pajeon used to be. Nope, not an once-off thing either. We order this dish practically every time we’re at Red Pig, and it’s been not so nice for the past months. In fact, we even sent it back to the kitchen two visits ago coz it wasn’t nicely browned! Kindda sad, coz this really used to be oh-so-yummy!

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Other than Red Pig, BBQ soy chicken and seafood pancake, you can also try their Spicy Tofu Stew (soondubu chigae) and cold noodles which I think are quite decent too.

For lunch, they have set lunches at around $10. Comes with a main and a bowl of rice, so it’s quite good value. No BBQ during lunch; keke, else everyone will be smelling like barbecued pork in the office!

Hee, here’s a pic of us with our happy bellies last Friday night!

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Are you wondering why the title for this blog post?

Well, my friends and I have found that the food quality at Red Pig hasn’t been consistent over the past months. Not sure if there’s been changes in the kitchen, but the differences have been very noticeable.

Take the side dishes. the tofu and the beansprouts have been tasting different, and it’s bad-different. The sauce used on the tofu is a washed down version of its old form, and the beansprouts tasted bitter over the past (at least) three visits. The pajeon just gets from superb to good to not-bad… Even the Red Pig last Friday was A LOT spicier than usual, although thankfully, still nice.

And a few friends who had recently visited Red Pig also had a less-than-pleasant experience, service-wise. They were told there’s no refill of the banchan unless they ordered another serving of meat. But I thought maybe there’s a miscomm somewhere, or perhaps it’s coz that particular staff’s new. Banchan refill (other than the corn and the eggroll, of course) has never been a problem. I also don’t think it’s coz we’re regular and get better treatment; I do see other tables getting their banchan refills whenever we’re there.

Hopefully, that was just an once-off episode. Sadly, it was enough to put my friends off and they’ve already written off Red Pig off their list. Really kindda sad (at least for me personally), coz I really do like that place! And they’re quite possibly the first amongst my friends who ended up not liking the place.

Me worrrrried! I really really like Red Pig and the sense of familiarity built over the years is really something that cannot be taken away. We’ve celebrated birthdays and other occasions there, brought new-found friends, and cried over soju there. It’ll be sad to see it wither away to just another unremarkable Korean restaurant out to make a Singaporean buck.

I think the manpower crunch has also made things hard for the restaurant. It was so short-handed last Friday night that the two staff manning the upper lever were having such a hard time tending to all the tables. We’re long-time regulars, and we can sorta excuse the lack of attention coz we know they can be really good on their good days. But what of the newer customers? They might just write Red Pig off as one with inconsistent food and inattentive service. That’d be so bad.

Red Pig will be a special place to me for a long time. Too many memories there. The lady boss may not know my name, but she recognizes my face and would call out to me even if she sees me elsewhere. And if we go on weekday evenings, she warns us about not over-drinking since we gotta work the next day. There was once she even made the kitchen prepare steamed egg for us coz we were drinking a bit much, and she thought the egg could help line our stomach.

We’d also been on the receiving end of the lady boss’ occasional generosity. Like when she gave us free beer when we were there for New Year’s eve dinner, and she also generously plonked down plum wine when we were celebrating Germaine’s and YYANN’s birthdays there.

So please, Red Pig, don’t lose it!

RECOMMENDED READS
BLOGGER BEATRICE TAN’s PHOTOS FROM HER RED PIG DINNER
SLOWCHOMP on RED PIG

RED PIG
Hours: Lunch 12nn – 2:30pm Dinner 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Tel: +65 6220 7176
93 Amoy Street, Singapore 069913

My Singapore 2014 | The Ugly, The Happy & The Kind

Whoa, we’re already into the second half of 2014. How has the year been for you?

I’m not one for resolutions, the closest to a resolution that I’d penned for 2014 would probably be what I’d written for my album on FB to upload my random 2014 photos.

I’ve no idea what 2014 will bring for me, but whatever life throws me, I intend to intensify my personal quest to live and let live, to be kind(er), and to reduce my footprint on earth.

For this year, I hope to challenge new things, travel more, judge less and let the closet greenie in me come out and play a little more. Let’s see if a year on when I look back at this album, I’ll see a year filled with joy, laughter, kindness and love for this earth ^^

I really think a little more kindness in this world will make a helluva difference to everything. Sadly, there seems to be a lot of online noise and hatred these days. People get angry over the slightest things, and people lash out at people without remembering that people have feelings and people can get hurt. It’s also very frustrating to read the increasingly many and intensely intolerant xenophobic posts from some Singaporeans.

THE UGLY

Just today, I’d come across A FACEBOOK POST by a certain Singaporean woman (shan’t call her a lady since she didn’t behave like one today…) who pulled a ANTON CASEY, SINGAPORE STYLE.

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I had the ‘privilege’ of checking out the FB post at source and read the comments by her friends and her replies before she deleted it. Suffice to say she was ‘recalcitrant’ and insisted that the ‘mostly foreigners’ she saw were ugly, uncouth, lacking in manners and all the works. When advised by someone to remove her post, she had replied that there was no need to, since she was stating facts. (I think she got alarmed subsequently and deleted it when she realized someone’s screencapped her post and spreading it online.)

I ain’t no perfect 10 or supermodel, but you can take my word for it that she’s very very very far from it too. Within being (overly) rude, suffice to say if I look like that, I really wouldn’t be criticizing others by their outward appearance.

And SHE(!!) was talking about their behaviour and mannerism? She even had to cheek to reply someone’s comment and said 相由心生! I almost threw up. This Chinese phrase is basically saying how good or bad one looks really depends on how kind or nice one is inside. She must be speaking from experience, then…

I pray, for her sake, that she won’t be skinned too badly online.

And then there was this other post I saw a few days ago. Some of you might have seen it too, since it was making its rounds on FB. Quite a saddening one.

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Of course there’ll be rotten apples; there are bad guys and bullies amongst us Singaporeans too. But my own experience with the foreign workers or foreign talents hasn’t been that bad. In fact, in my own personal experience, I’d seen on quite many occasions that the foreign workers are often the ones to offer their seats to those who need them more. We Singaporeans? Most just sit there glued to our smartphones, oblivious to the needs of others.

Yea, shame on us.

Thankfully, not everyone’s so negative and angry. I can only hope those who are busy thrashing foreign workers on STOMP and those who are busy sliming the government on TRS are the minority. I sincerely hope that the silent majority are going about their lives happily and kindly.

THE HAPPY

Here’s an example of HAPPY. Heard of the MP3 EXPERIMENT? The Singapore leg 2014 happened this weekend at Gardens by the Bay, and it was a mighty success!

Looks like fun, huh? Go like THE HIDDEN GOOD FB PAGE, so that you don’t miss out on next year’s MP3 Experiment. They release fab videos that are entertaining and yet at the same time, make you wanna dig inside yourself and reflect on your own actions. Like THE SINGAPORE XENOPHOBIC CAFE.

AND, THE KIND

LORRAINE TAN is a singer-songwriter; in fact, her day job’s a wedding singer!

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What’s interesting about her job is that she ain’t just your typical wedding singer. Since she’s a songwriter too, she can actually customize a couple’s wedding song based on the couple’s own special love story! How cool is that?! Your very own one-of-a-kind wedding song that’s actually your love story! Cool, ya?

So where’s the ‘KIND‘, you’re asking?

For four years running now, Lorraine has been composing and producing a song for Singapore’s birthday! It all started in 2011 when Lorraine decided to start the My Singapore Project, in her effort to inspire and bring people together to contribute to the less fortunate through music and arts.

You know what they say about music being a universal language and how it pulls everyone together? Yup, that’s the idea. So every year, Lorraine will pen an original theme song for National Day and a music video will also be produced too!

It started as a small, personal project, but had gained much attention and traction over the past few years. So it grew organically and last year, Lorraine and her friends’ My Singapore Project blossomed into a full charity cum celebration project!

Last year, Lorraine and her friends didn’t stop at a song and an MV. They went on to present a concert and the official beneficiary of My Singapore 2013 was the PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE. Needless to say, it was a big, fat success!

For My Singapore 2014, the theme song is Moments of Love, and the MV’s just out! (And yes, that’s DR JIAJIA in the MV, hee!)

Once again, the official beneficiary of the My Singapore project is President’s Challenge, which supports 63 different beneficiaries. President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be the Guest Of Honor for the concert.

Yup, there will be a concert on 12 Aug 2014 (Tue) at The Star Theatre, woohoo!

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What’s the Program at the Concert?

Lorraine Tan will lead the concert line up and she will deliver a varied repertoire consisting of popular tunes, jazz numbers, community songs, all time favourite national day songs, as well as some of Lorraine’s own compositions.

Who Will be Performing at the Concert?

The concert will also feature guest artistes that include Dr. Jia Jia (Singapore’s YouTube sensation), renowned Xinyao artiste 潘盈 (Pan Ying), UFM 100.3 DJ Kenn, local artistes Nathan Hartono and Eric Du Xin.

Special performances from CapitaKids and dance items by Bellydance Extraordinaire and Crestar School Of Dance will also add a unique flavor to the evening.

Goh Kheng Long, Singapore and Asia’s top music director/arranger/pianist who has worked with Mega stars like A-Mei, JJ Lin, David Tao and Wang Lee Hom, will also make a special guest appearance. .

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Do support the kind peeps so that they can carry on to be kind! Just click to buy the tickets and go enjoy the concert! Proceeds will go towards the President’s Challenge 2014 with over 60 beneficiaries! Alternatively, you can also sponsor a kid to go watch the concert at just $38 each. Click HERE to get your tickets today!

Do like MY SINGAPORE FB PAGE for more updates!

Just a short mention of the presenter and peeps supporting the My Singapore Project. The concert is proudly brought to you by Presenting Charity Sponsor CAPITALAND HOPE FOUNDATION, Co-Presenters FEM SURGERY and SHUN ZHOU GROUP and Organised by ATLAS MEDICAL LASER & AESTHETICS CLINIC, Produced by Pink Piano Productions & WEDDING HARMONY.

RECOMMENDED READS
FIVE STARS AND A MOON | 20 MINS WITH LORRAINE TAN
OURBABYOFLOVE | CHARITY CONCERT FOR PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE

Manbok, Everyone!

It’s already Sunday evening, so fasssssst! Where did all the time go? Hehe, whenever I run into someone on a Monday and if he or she asks me how my weekend is, I always feel like saying, ‘Weekend? It’s always too short!”

Anyway, hope that yours has been a good one. I’ve had a nice, quiet one; lots of reading, surfing and catching up on my fave korean variety shows. Lotsa me-time, me likes! Makes me feel very rested and ready for the new work week.

But… I’ve been too distracted to blog! I really wanna get back into the momentum of blogging, yea, I used to blog practically everyday and sometimes, more than once a day! I don’t get it. Where on earth did I find so many things to blog about back then? Why did I have so much to say?

Been wanting to share my Manbok photos! Hehe, they’re like a week late, mianeyo!

When it comes to Korean food in Singapore, I’m quite the creature of habit. I seem to always return to RED PIG AT AMOY STREET, or KKOKKONARA AT TRAS STREET. Those are like good old trusted places where you know you won’t be surprised with something not so nice. Even ASPIRANTSG and LADYIRONCHEF included these two restaurants into their best of best lists.

But oh, I must say I quite enjoyed my dinner at DAL IN AT BOON TAT STREET though. Been there only once, but been wanting to go back and try it again. A little place that’s ‘stamped and chopped’ by quite some Koreans to be amongst the better and more authentic Korean restaurants in Singapore.

Back to Manbok! Since Kkokkonara’s full and couldn’t take in our reservation, we decided to check out Manbok, having read how LOCAL LIFESTYLE BLOGGER RACHEL WONG RAVED ABOUT IT.

So cute leh… in her most recent post on Manbok, she even included a bit of info on the PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL (PWM)!

I know a lot of peeps don’t care much for it, and don’t think it concerns them, but please, we don’t live in a vacuum or our own island. Even if it doesn’t concern you directly now, it does affect many other people in our workforce. Even if your own life is going swimmingly well now, have heart and see what has been done for the people who need help. If done right, the PWM can help the low wage workers. If done right, the PWM can also help ensure companies do more for workers in terms of training and career advancement. You can read more about PWM HERE.

Or hey, please gorgeous please watch this video to see what PWM is all about.

The first industry to adopt the PWM is the cleaning industry, and it will come into full effect from 1st Sep 2014. Come 1st Sep 2014, cleaners will receive a minimum of $1,000 to $1,200 depending on the type of cleaning work they do. And with the PWM, they get a chance to be train, upgrade to a higher-grade job and receive higher pay.

Me thinks it’s fab that local online influencers are taking to their blogs to help spread the word about PWM and create more awareness about it. In this increasingly wired world and age where the younger people tend not to read mainstream media for news, the online influencers can do a lot in helping to disseminate accurate info and positive messages.

Oopsies! How did I end up talking about PWM and cleaners when all I wanted was to share my Manbok photos?! Haha, those of you who used to read my blog would know that I’m the Queen of Digression! I don’t really plan or outline what I wanna blog; I usually just sit myself down and start letting my fingers do the talking. I find it immensely therapeutic to see my fingers fly all over the keyboard and blog my heart out!

Manbok is romanized Korean for 萬福, which translates literally to tens of thousands of good fortune. So Manbok actually means lots of good fortune.

Manbok is located along the stretch of shophouses on Neil Road. It’s a longish shoplot, and both sides of are lined with tables.

This is one of those places where they will grill the meat for you. Good! Coz I really can’t grill or barbecue to save my life! (Hehe, going by the Korean way, the younger ones have to do the grilling and flipping anyway, so I’m usually spared the agony since I’m the oldest!)

Although Manbok has a la carte items on the menu, the sets are popular. I believe they’re good for their beef and also pork; heard that their spicy beancurd stew (soondubu chigae, yay!) is also good.

Since there’re four of us, we went for Set D and also ordered soondubu chigae (my fave!) and steamed egg. Prices? Well, Korean food’s never cheap in Singapore anyway, so I’ll say prices at Manbok’s comparable to most other Korean barbecued restaurants. If you’re looking for value, then you’re better off going to one of those Korean buffet, me thinks.

Hee, one important thing to check when visiting a new Korean restaurant is how much they charge for their soju. It’s at a relatively affordable $15. Yea, can’t compare with prices in Korea obviously, but it’s never cheap to get drunk in Singapore anyway.

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About the food… The set D that we’d ordered included beef, pork (samgyeopsal), octopus and eel. The meat came first; they’d helped us grill.

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Zzang…! Meat’s ready! Quite succulent!

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In case you’re expecting a review, stop now! It ain’t gonna happen, coz I don’t do reviews, hee! This is a personal blog, not a food blog, so am just sharing snippets of my life with friends.

At Red Pig, I like their signature red pig, which is a spicy marinate. And oh, I also like their soy chicken. Not so big a fan of their beef and samgyeopsal though. But here at Manbok, the beef’s really not bad! So go go go, if you like beef and samgyeopsal!

The eel and nakji were nothing much to write home about. I’ll probably stick to all meat and no seafood the next time I go there. But if you like variety, you can still try ordering it. It ain’t bad or anything, just nothing spectacular.

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We also ordered the spicy beancurd stew and the steamed egg. I ain’t much of a photographer, plus I was using my phone and taking pics in a hurry since we were so hungry. So please, pardon me the quality and lack of aesthetics, ya?

The beancurd stew was not bad! I personally dislike those water-down version with no spicy kick, and I also like it when the chef adds enough clams for me to taste the fresh sweetness. This one did it, woohoo!!

The egg was a bit of a disappointment though. Too dry, too dense and hard. I prefer my egg more moist, softer and fluffier. Could be just a matter of personal preference *shrugs*

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All in, I’d say it costs $30-45 per head at Manbok. Of course, it also depends on whether you order alcoholic drinks or not lah, keke!

BFF and I have been toying with the idea of doing a mother-daughter trip together… And looks like it’s gonna happen! We’re hoping to do a short BKK trip together soon, and a few of the dongsaengs are gonna join us! The last time we gals went on a trip together was OUR BKK TRIP LAST OCT. That’s some nine months ago!

Anyway, we spent a bit of time discussing where to go and what to do during this coming BKK trip. There’re likely to be eight of us, and some of us are traveling together for the first time. Hehe, hope this ‘family and friends’ trip will turn out more than fab! Can’t wait!

Here’s to friendship, and to more girlfriends’ trips! Manbok, everyone!

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Manbok
Tel: +65 6536 3424
116 Neil Road, Singapore 088853

Brolly Shopping in Korea! Only in Korea!

Guess what? Am gonna be sharing yet another text convo with a friend!

C: Met A that day. She said she asked you to help buy umbrella.

Me: Ya! Am supposed to pass to you to help bring to her in KL.

C: She so funny… Said only Korea has automated umbrella.

Me: Really…!!! Only Korea has umbrellas that satisfy all her requirements!!
- Short
- Auto
- UV Protection
- Cannot be too ugly

C: The way you’re describing it, it’s like criteria for a man!! Talking about protection and length!!

Me: Oopsies!! And better yet if it’s lightweight and windproof!

C: High standards… just for an umbrella!!

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In case you didn’t know, it’s true that such brollies only exist in Korea!

It ain’t easy to find short (i.e. retractable) umbrellas that are auto! By ‘auto’, I mean you can push a button to open and close the brolly.

You will appreciate this when it’s raining dinosaurs and hippos, and you’re trying to get in and out of a vehicle. It’s great too when your hands are full with shopping bags.

And… that’s not all! The Koreans have umbrellas that are not just retractable and auto, they also have them with UV protection and are windproof! Actually even in Korea, it’s also not easy to find umbrellas that are retractable, auto and with UV protection, usually only the bigger and more ‘high-end’ shops would have it. But they’re near impossible to find in Singapore!

So the next time you go to Korea, you know what to buy, ya? Hehe, get the lightweight, retractable and windproof auto umbrella that comes with UV protection!

Now let me share some photos that I’d taken during my umbrella-buying outing in Korea back in May!

One of the shops that we’d gone to in Nampo Underground Shopping in Busan.

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Nope, not all of those shown above are what we were looking for. In fact, in most of the shops that we’d checked out, most didn’t have what we’re after. And those that did have, it probably made up less than 10% of their entire merchandise.

Here are the photos of the ‘qualified’ brollies that I’d whatsapp’ed A to choose from.

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Hee, not so easy to pick something that meets all of A’s requirements… and yet is pretty looking enough, ya? She had even asked if there’re pink princessy types. Errrr… I didn’t have many to pick from leh.

But I thought these are not bad! My fave’s gotta be the light pink one with the girl on the swing on bottom left! Not sure if you can see, but the images change from one pane to the next, as though swinging in motion! Nice!

brolly 3bb ♥ | happiebb.com

Anyway, here’s what Emz and I ended up buying. Yup, yup, we bought seven between us!

brolly 4bb ♥ | happiebb.com

So now, remember these when you’re out shopping for a brolly the next time you’re in Korea!

brolly 0bb ♥ | happiebb.com

Incidentally, I love how in Korea, the shops (especially convenience stores) will push out their brollies for sale! Yup, that’s where you buy those long see-through brollies!

Love those! Coz you can still see through the your brolly as you walk. Fab for street window-shopping when overseas, hee!

brolly transbb ♥ | happiebb.com
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